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Finally, I'm not alone

Survivors Stories
Wednesday, 09 February 2005

Posted by: erin on Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Another story o­n this site reminded me so much of myself that I felt compelled to share my experiences.  I recently had a beautiful, healthy baby and felt so blessed.  I have security, a loving spouse, and we are building a home right now.  Life is great, right? Last summer, at breakfast, I noticed a sharp pain in my neck, followed by shortness of breath, racing heart, and blurred vision.  I knew I was dying...what else could be happening to me?

 

Now I Thrive

Survivors Stories
Sunday, 23 January 2005

Posted by: lovemyz on Sunday, January 23, 2005

 I remember a therapist saying first you survive and then you thrive. I had a very traumatic childhood and its taken a lot of years to face the effects of that, take responsibility for my well-being and be willing to accept whatever help I needed to do that. My dad is a recovering alcoholic and my mom has OCD and other anxiety disorders. I'm never quite sure what is in your genes and what is learned behavior and I guess it really doesn't matter except to say that I had OCD tendencies as a kid (counting my steps, setting up specific routines - I think they call them "rituals" - stuff like that) and I later used alcohol to self-medicate emotional pain. Depression and general anxiety were so much a part of my life that I didn't even recognize them as "abnormal" until I was an adult.

 

A Long Road

Survivors Stories
Thursday, 20 January 2005

Posted by: Orlando on Thursday, January 20, 2005

My experience with panic/anxiety goes back many years.. My father was a functional alcholic and I believe suffered from anxiety and self medicated. Though I had many traumas, being attacked at age 12, in a major car accident at age 18, parents divorce, etc. I have always noticed that I felt strange both when things excited me or stressed me. At age 18 after the car accident I started having feelings related to panic. Often feeling disconnected. It really came to a head when I gave birth to my second child and was in a bad marriage, had two little kids to care for and support etc. Many doctors and tests later it was determined that I was stressed! I would actually see colors in my sleep and any noise such as the phone ringing would make me jump. I felt like my entire nervous system was on high drive.. crawely skin, racing heart, noise and light sensitivity, etc.

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 November 2007 )
 

My Story, by mambo

Survivors Stories
Tuesday, 18 January 2005

Posted by: mambo on Tuesday, January 18, 2005

 I will be 49 years old on January 29th, 2005, and I can't believe I've made it this far.
I was raised in a small North Dakota town. My mother was an old-school Catholic and my father, though raised Catholic and considering himself to be devout, seemed to me to be along for the ride. He never displayed any genuine sense of spiritual understanding or conviction, at least not as long as they didn't assure that he would be 100% comfortable for the rest of his life. He was indifferent.

 

Paula's survival story

Survivors Stories
Monday, 03 January 2005

Posted by: paula222uk on Monday, January 03, 2005

 On a winter’s night in December 1989 after a very emotional time, I suffered from a panic attack. All I could do was to lay with my boyfriend until it subsides. I felt my life was ending and the dread I felt was unbelievable! I carried o­n suffering until I got pregnant, maybe hormones have something to do with it? (coz they seemed to vanish overnight!) Can’t be pregnant forever though, can you? *sigh*
Last Updated ( Monday, 19 November 2007 )
 

Melcaitie's Story of Survival

Survivors Stories
Monday, 21 June 2004

Posted by: melcaitie on Monday, June 21, 2004

 

Hi! My name is Melanie; I am 30 years old and live in Cape Town South Africa. I'll just give you a brief over view of my life as I feel that it has all contributed to where I am at in my life now. I came from a very happy, loving family, mom, dad and an older brother, unfortunately my dad passed away suddenly when I was 12 years old, I can remember having my first bout of anxiety/depression then, I developed a "separation anxiety" problem in that I was afraid to leave my mom, even to go to school in case Something happened to her too.
Last Updated ( Monday, 19 November 2007 )
 
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